Reviews of the Week: Richelle Mead, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Lisa Unger, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from March 21–25 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.

DictatorMonday, March 21

Dictator, by Robert Harris, read by David Rintoul

Who would have thought that acclaimed Roman orator Cicero could be so fascinating and that his fictional biography could be so entertaining? Harris pulls that off and more in this final volume of his trilogy covering the life of this brilliant (and egotistical) politician and lawyer. Though the story is Cicero’s, it is told by his faithful slave (and, later, freed companion), Tiro. Rintoul portrays Tiro as intelligent, perceptive, and a master of witty understatements.

The NestTuesday, March 22

The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The four adult Plumb siblings—suave Jack, artsy Bea, playboy Leo, and meek Melody—have been waiting until Melody’s fortieth birthday, when they are supposed to receive their inheritance. The nest egg that the dysfunctional siblings are all counting on disappears, however, when an inebriated Leo gets in a major car accident with an underage waitress, and their estranged mother empties the fund to pay off the damages. Leo makes a vague promise to return the money, so they give him three months to figure something out.

The Glittering CourtWednesday, March 23

The Glittering Court, by Richelle Mead

Mead merges Elizabethan and frontier worlds as a backdrop for the picture-bride tale of the young Countess of Rothford, Osfridian royalty whose family has run out of money. When her grandmother arranges a marriage to a wealthy and humorless distant cousin, our heroine takes the name of one of her maids, Adelaide, and assumes Adelaide’s identity at the Glittering Court, a training school for commoners to learn the ways of high society.

Ink and BoneThursday, March 24

Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger

Unger returns to the Hollows, New York, a small town that positively vibrates with supernatural activity. Finley Montgomery is its newest inhabitant, moving in with her grandmother Eloise, a well-known psychic who works with Jones Cooper, the local private investigator. Several children who have gone missing in town, with Abbey the most recent of them. Her parents are distraught and their marriage is on the brink when, in a final attempt at any sort of closure, Abbey’s mother hires Cooper to find her missing daughter.

Free Range FarmingFriday, March 25

Free-Range Farming, by Trina Mickelson

The Growing Green series investigates the ins and outs of conscientious eating and agriculture, and this entry puts free-range farming under the microscope. The text begins with a look at commercial farming, comparing the benefits of increased production and lower costs with negatives like pollution and animal cruelty.




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